Over the last couple of months, I have been borrowing (from the public library) and purchasing (in-store and online) various Zentangle themed books. I tend to be very choosey about the books I buy, and I often take the advice of friends and family when making my selections.
Jump forward to my weekend at Tangle Island. JerryAnn and Nancy had copies of Cris Letourneau's book Made in the Shade and Pattern Play. I already owned a copy of Made in the Shade (on the recommendation from Aleesha, my first Zentangle teacher). I loved it so much; I bought a copy for Momma Deb! Having learned so much from Cris' first book, I knew I had to check out her newest book Pattern Play.
Pattern Play by Cris Letourneau and Sonya Yencer is not like any other Zentangle "how to", "guide", or "workbook" that I have come across. It "encourages you to play with each new pattern and to develop your own unique style" pg. 13. For me, it had one of the most thorough introductions and explanations of the Zentangle method that I have read in a book. The only thing I can compare it to is taking a class. I am not saying this book takes the place of a class with a CZT, but it is a wonderful supplement that can fill any gaps you may have after a class.
Pattern Play gives you an overview of the Zentangle method, a virtual beginners class in a book, and encouragement and techniques for personalizing your art. It explores 21 tangles with step-by-step instructions, over 125 tangleations (variations), and 75 idea starters and tips for better tangling with plenty of space to practice and refine skills. There is also a helpful glossary in the back as well s a resource guide.
These are the four pages dedicated to the tangle Crescent Moon. Two of the pages are introductory pages that introduce the tangle, show it step by step, and provide six possible tangleations for it. The other two pages are sketch pages to test out and experiment with the tangles. These pages also have the idea starters.
This is my work in progress (WIP) on the Crescent Moon sketch pages. I found the large blank sketch pages intimidating, so, I traced a couple bijou sized tiles on the left page and one large tile on the right page. I thoroughly enjoyed playing, exploring, and creating!
Pattern Play is one book that I will continue to return to on my creativity journey. It has definitely increased my confidence to experiment with tangles, and it is helping me to develop my style and skills. I strongly feel this book is a great addition to my Tangling Library, and I highly recommend it to you! Happy Tangling!